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Windows 7: Hotmail hack?

12 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
Hotmail hack?

Everyday i received many emails to my hot-mail from my friend hot-mail with websites advertising sales medicines,games etc.
i ask my friend and he never send me nothing of those.
What is wrong?

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12 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

I guess that is spam.
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12 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

There are likely two possibilities. Your friend could have a virus infection that is using his address book to spam email to all his friends without him knowing. Or the address book info was captured and uploaded to a spammer site.

But ALL spam comes in using other peoples email addresses. Ususaly they are strangers you've never met, they are also receiving the same spam and it may look like it's coming from YOU.

Usually though if you get a spam from someone you actually know, then their address book was probably hacked. ususally off their own machine but could be from other sources too. Email harvesting is BIG BUISNESS all over the net
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12 Jan 2011   #4

WDS 7 Home Pre.x64

Congratulation .."your email account has been Hijacked ..".
Time for new Account ...IMO ..
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12 Jan 2011   #5


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wds7 View Post
Congratulation .."your email account has been Hijacked ..".
Time for new Account ...IMO ..
Sadly, getting a new account isn't really the answer, because the new account can just as easily get hacked some time in the future as well. I've had my email hacked several times and here are some suggestions that I've learned.

First line of defense is to change your password and all "secret questions" and "answers." The major email clients like Yahoo and MSN (probably GoogleMail as well) are now offering free services in which you can give them your cell phone number and they text you a secret code to allow you to get back into your email if the hacking locks you out.

Second, always "log out" of your email when you exit, rather than just hitting the exit X. Hitting the exit X doesn't end your email session, only logging out actually shuts it down. If you just press exit, that leaves it available to be hacked because technically, it's still open, even after you've gone.

Third, since most hacking is done through your address book, temporarily delete all contacts in your address book. Some sources advise leaving it this way for a week or more --- I think that's a matter of judgment. I deleted my address book several months ago after I was really badly hacked and oddly enough, have found that for the most part, I really can live without it. And the good news is that since I've deleted it, I haven't been hacked.

That last bit of information is the really bad news, and that is, many times your account is hacked by someone stealing your account information. And they use it from a totally separate location to send out the infected emails. So, since the problem isn't connected with your system, there is nothing you can do on your system to change it. And even changing your email wouldn't help because the hacker can still continue to send out infected emails from some other location, but using your old email information. The only way you might possibly be able to control it might be if there was some way to actually "cancel" or "delete" your email account. And even then, it may be possible for those phony emails to continue to go out.
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